familiarize (someone or oneself) with (something)

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familiarize (someone or oneself) with (something)

To become, or cause someone else to become, more knowledgeable about something. I tried familiarizing myself with the text, but I'm still totally confused. You need to familiarize the drummer with this song before our gig.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

familiarize someone with something

to help someone get to know or understand someone or something. I hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with the instructions before you set out to operate this device. Let me take a moment to familiarize myself with the facts of the case.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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WHEN I told the king I was going out disguised as a petty freeman to scour the country and familiarize myself with the humbler life of the people, he was all afire with the novelty of the thing in a minute, and was bound to take a chance in the adven- ture himself -- nothing should stop him -- he would drop everything and go along -- it was the prettiest idea he had run across for many a day.
I shut him out on the landing to wait for the answer, and went into my chambers again, in such a nervous state that I was fain to lay the letter down on my breakfast table, and familiarize myself with the outside of it a little, before I could resolve to break the seal.
He told Manila Bulletin that he "prepared for this contest by reviewing the past years' contest papers found online and studying them carefully to familiarize myself with the nature of the questions.
I watched as many Filipino movies as I could to familiarize myself with the directors ...
'I've been watching the FIBA 3x3 World Cup of the recent past, trying to check out the players of the different countries to familiarize myself with the game flow and better understand the rules and how to compete against the elite teams.'
I am also as prepared to familiarize myself with those laws, which I am not as familiar with,' explains during the hearing.
One of the things that I do to polish up on my English is to familiarize myself with a wide range of common English expressions, especially idiomatic ones.
"Over the past two days, I have held several important meetings to familiarize myself with the preparations being conducted by Baku as a candidate city for the World Expo 2025.
"I've always been curious about Northwestern and when I stumbled upon this workshop, I knew it would be a good chance to experience something new and also familiarize myself with the world of media," said Nada Abbass, an Omani student from Azzan Bin Qais International School in Muscat.
Lately I've been trying to familiarize myself with Norse legends in order to shop for appliances.
I had to familiarize myself with different state requirements and accreditation standards.
Upon arriving at a squadron, I usually walk through the spaces to familiarize myself with the layout of the hangar and where the various shops are.
Vargas Llosa visited the Democratic Republic of Congo last year and went to Northern Ireland to "familiarize myself with the surroundings, scenery and societies" that he would describe "freely" in his book.
On Malcolm's biography he said: "At the beginning of a project I would normally familiarize myself with the history and culture of the area in question and explore ideas and concepts with both client and the community."